Immunization Program Management

New Zealand falling behind in new vaccination use

The Immunisation Advisory Centre announced on Monday that New Zealand, while closing equity gaps in immunization coverage, is falling behind other equivalent countries in new vaccine usage.

The report comes as IMAC begins its 8th New Zealand National Immunization Conference in Auckland on September 10. Natives to New Zealand, Maori, were two-thirds less likely to be immunized in 1996, showing a gap compared to European New Zealanders of around 27 percent. The gap today has closed down to two percent.

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Pilot program explores use of 2D barcodes in vaccine record-keeping

In an effort to help facilitate accurate and uniform records of US vaccine usage, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and immunization community stakeholders are exploring the potential of 2-dimensional (2D) barcoding to streamline immunization practices.

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Meeting of the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE)

The Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization was established by the Director-General of the World Health Organization in 1999 to provide guidance on the work of the WHO Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals Department. SAGE is the principal advisory group to WHO for vaccines and immunization. It is charged with advising WHO on overall global policies and strategies, ranging from vaccines and technology, research and development, to delivery of immunization and its linkages with other health interventions. SAGE is concerned not just with childhood vaccines and immunization, but all vaccine-preventable diseases.
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Anti-polio vaccine campaigners face 10 years in jail

Anti-polio vaccine campaigners face 10 years in jail

 

September 6, 2013 -- Clerics who preache against the administration of the oral vaccine against the polio virus in Niger state risk 10 year jail term or N100,000 fine, the state commissioner for Justice, Abdullahi Bawa Wuse has said.

This is contained in the state’s amended Healthcare Development Agency law, he said yesterday at a post executive council media briefing in Minna.

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Tackling pneumonia, a 'forgotten killer'

Tackling pneumonia, a 'forgotten killer'

 

September 4, 2013 -- LUSAKA, Zambia — Inside the pediatric ward of a hospital here, Jess Chihumba tended to her 6-month-old daughter, Holly, alternately nursing her, cuddling her, and watching over her through the crib’s iron bars.

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Somalia: Polio Widespread in Regions Under Al-Shabaab Control

Somalia: Polio Widespread in Regions Under Al-Shabaab Control

 

September 4, 2013 -- Al-Shabaab's refusal to allow the supply of the polio vaccine in areas under its control is causing panic among residents at a time when aid workers are struggling to contain an outbreak of the crippling virus.

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Pain-Free Microneedle Influenza Vaccine Is Effective, Long-Lasting

Pain-Free Microneedle Influenza Vaccine Is Effective, Long-Lasting

 

September 4, 2013 -- Scientists have developed an influenza vaccine delivered via microneedle patch that provided 100 percent protection against a lethal influenza virus in mice more than one year after vaccination. They report their findings in the September 2013 issue of the journal Clinical and Vaccine Immunology.

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Chronic Illnesses Outpace Infections As Big Killers Worldwide

Chronic Illnesses Outpace Infections As Big Killers Worldwide

 

September 4, 2013 -- People around the world are getting healthier and living longer.

Infectious diseases are declining around the globe. But at the same time, chronic health problems are on the rise, particularly in developing nations.

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Menomune® Is the First Quadrivalent Meningococcal Vaccine Prequalified by the WHO

September 3, 2013 -- Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi (EURONEXT: SAN and NYSE: SNY), announced today that one of its quadrivalent vaccines to prevent invasive meningococcal disease has been prequalified by the World Health Organization (WHO). The prequalification procedure accepts Menomune® vaccine for purchase by United Nations Agencies. The UNICEF supply division has been notified of Menomune vaccine’s acceptance by the WHO.

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